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Israel condemns Pope’s message of tolerance, compassion and understanding as “unhelpful”


Israel condemns Pope’s message of tolerance, compassion and understanding as “unhelpful”

Netanyahu slams pontiff’s call for harmony and peace across region

JERUSALEM: Israel this morning took aim at Pope Francis, describing his appeal for tolerance, compassion and understanding across the region as “unhelpful for the peace process”.

Speaking in Bethlehem during a three-day visit to the region, the pontiff called for an end to the conflict and the recognition of the rights of every individual, a move Benjamin Netanyahu later slammed as “disappointing”.

“This talk of reconciliation and fraternity between Israel and the Palestinians is not what we expect to hear from the leader of a major world religion,” the Israeli prime minister said in a statement. “Unless it addresses our right to dominate and subjugate our enemy in their own homes, we don’t feel it advances the cause of peace in any way.”

Netanyahu also criticised the Pope’s decision to meet with Mahmoud Abbas and discuss Israel’s attempts to push Palestinians out of Jerusalem.

“By talking about harmony, the Pope is demonstrating the age-old animosity of the Catholic Church towards the rights of people from Brooklyn to live in other people’s homes thousands of miles away,” he added.

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  1. David

    May 26, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Israel: 66 years of trying to pound a square peg into a round hole.
    Zionists: Short term smart, long term stupid, real stupid.

  2. Albert Westpy

    May 26, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    The truth of the matter is that the Israelis do not want peace under any condition. What they want is all of Palestine. Europe and some in the United States are at last beginning to wake up to this fact. The people of Palestine had nothing to do with what took place in Europe during World War 11 so why should they pay, with their blood and land, because of European and American guilt for doing nothing to save the Jews.
    Israel is nothing more than western racist colonialism in the Middle East. There will never be peace until there is no more Israel. The Pope is a good man but I don’t think that he understands this.

    • Andrew

      May 28, 2014 at 4:25 am

      I could not agree with you more. Free Palestine

  3. ilverita

    May 28, 2014 at 1:09 am

    confirming Israel is a Terrorist State Built on Terrorism by Terrorism and still at it!! This must end like a rusted nail falling apart!!

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